Smith And Nephew Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Di Pietro Partners, LLP is investigating claims of injury associated with faulty Smith and Nephew Hip Replacement Devices. Smith & Nephew produced a variety of hip replacement and resurfacing products which have been subject to various lawsuits around the world. Moreover, the company issued a recall on several metal hip implants. As a result, patients suffering from complications may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
The law firm of Di Pietro Partners has an experienced staff of trial lawyers. Additionally, we work with top quality, board certified medical professionals. If you, or someone you know, are suffering from complications after receiving a Smith & Nephew hip implant, or any other metal hip replacement device, you should seek legal and medical advice immediately. Therefore, if you wish to seek compensation for injuries or learn more, contact us for a free case evaluation.
Background and Devices
Smith & Nephew is a England based international medical equipment company focused on the production of orthopedic and medical products. As of 2018, the company has an annual revenue of almost half a billion. Similar to their competitors, DePuy, Zimmer, and Stryker, the company has faced a great deal of controversy due to defective hip replacement products causing injury in patients. Many of these injuries are very serious resulting in the company paying out millions in settlements. Below is a list of Smith and Nephew hip replacement implants involved in litigation.
R3 Metal on Metal system: Smith & Nephew issued a voluntary withdrawal of this metal on metal hip replacement system in June 2012.
Modular SMF Hip System – The company recalled the hip implant systems because of higher than anticipated adverse effects. Additionally, the company sent out an Urgent Field Safety Notice warning doctors to monitor patients for high levels of metal ions in the blood. Metal debris could cause adverse tissue reactions that may require revision surgery.
Modular Redapt Femoral System – Smith & Nephew launched this hip replacement device in 2012. Similar to the SMF Hip System, there was a recall on this device for identical issues in November, 2016. Furthermore, the FDA cites a “Class 2 Device Recall” for Smith and Nephew Modular REDAPT(TM) Hip Systems (FDA, January 4, 2017)
Hip Implant Failure Symptoms
- Noise near the hip (“popping” or “grinding”).
- Metallosis (or metal poisoning.)
- Severe pain
- Bone & tissue death – (This is also known as “Necrosis.”)
Metallosis From Metal Hips
Cobalt or chromium poisoning which is also known as “Metallosis,” occurs after metallic components from hip replacements rub against one another resulting in the accumulation of metal in the body’s soft tissue. Also, Metallosis has occurred in patients that are sensitive to the implant, or for other unknown reasons. Over the last 40 years, this condition has been observed in an estimated 5% of metal hip replacement implant patients. If you have a metal hip implant and experience elevated cobalt or chromium levels in your blood, you should seek legal and medical guidance immediately.
Smith and Nephew Hip Replacement Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured because of a faulty Smith and Nephew hip replacement, or have had hip replacement revision surgery to correct issues, you should seek legal and medical advice immediately. Also, it’s important to note that a device does not need to have been recalled to be the subject to litigation. Therefore, if you wish to file a lawsuit or learn more about the issue, call the experienced Medical Device Litigation Attorneys at Di Pietro Partners, LLP today. 1.800.712.8462